Natural spa resorts are always a little surreal, but Iceland’s Blue Lagoon takes things to a whole new level.
Iceland’s most famous tourist attraction is a thermally heated pool in the middle of a space-like volcanic landscape. The water has a disturbing luminous sky blue colour to it, and frankly looks like it should be in a test tube in a mad scientist’s laboratory.
The effect is topped off by the trails of water vapour blowing across the surface and the staff members in what appear to be full-body radiation suits.
The water is, of course, lovely and warm – in places almost too hot. But the air most certainly isn’t (the difference in temperature accounts for the vapour trails). The quicker you can get into the water and swim around, the better.
Massage and other spa treatments are, naturally, available, and there are pots of silica sand gloop to put on your face at the edge of the pool. The real fun, however, is in mooching about on what may as well be the moon.
Getting to the Blue Lagoon
Nearest international airport: Iceland’s main airport is at Keflavik, in the south-west.
Using public transport: If coming from Reykjavik, the best way of getting to the Blue Lagoon is with Reykjavik Excursions. Some of their airport shuttles pick up at Reykjavik hotels, then drop passengers off at the Blue Lagoon for a few hours before heading to Keflavik International Airport.
More information: Reykjavik Excursions; The Blue Lagoon
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